Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb inflame

5 senses of inflame

Sense 1
inflame -- (cause inflammation in; "The repetitive motion inflamed her joint")
       => worsen, aggravate, exacerbate, exasperate -- (make worse; "This drug aggravates the pain")

Sense 2
kindle, inflame -- (catch fire; "The dried grass of the prairie kindled, spreading the flames for miles")
       => flare up -- (ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down; "the fire flared up and died down once again")

Sense 3
kindle, enkindle, conflagrate, inflame -- (cause to start burning; "The setting sun kindled the sky with oranges and reds")
       => ignite, light -- (cause to start burning; subject to fire or great heat; "Great heat can ignite almost any dry matter"; "Light a cigarette")

Sense 4
inflame, stir up, wake, ignite, heat, fire up -- (arouse or excite feelings and passions; "The ostentatious way of living of the rich ignites the hatred of the poor"; "The refugees' fate stirred up compassion around the world"; "Wake old feelings of hatred")
       => arouse, elicit, enkindle, kindle, evoke, fire, raise, provoke -- (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy")

Sense 5
inflame -- (become inflamed; get sore; "His throat inflamed")
       => worsen, decline -- (grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened")

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